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Sixers snap 13-game road skid, beat Lakers 111-104

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 29, 2013 at 11:55 pm •  Published: December 29, 2013

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The postgame whoops and hollers from the visitors' locker room were audible through two closed doors after the Philadelphia 76ers capitalized on their final chance in 2013 to end their 13-game road losing streak.

Thaddeus Young scored seven of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, Evan Turner added 22 points, and the 76ers hung on for their first road win since Nov. 1, beating the depleted Los Angeles Lakers 111-104 on Sunday night.

Spencer Hawes had 19 points and eight rebounds, while Young and Michael Carter-Williams contributed big points down the stretch as the last-place Sixers held on for just their second win in 11 games overall.

"You keep hammering the rock, and one day it's going to split," Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. "Tonight it split."

The Lakers are a shadow of their traditional selves these days, with Pau Gasol joining Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash on the sidelines for this meeting. That didn't dampen the Sixers' enthusiasm after doubling their road win total in the second game of a back-to-back set.

Philadelphia had lost 19 of 23 since its unlikely 4-2 start to the season.

"Wins from time to time help validate the work that everybody is putting in," Brown said. "If there's such a thing as deserving something, I think they deserved it."

Philadelphia went up 104-99 with 1:44 to play on a layup by Young, who added a three-point play on the next possession.

Jordan Farmar's 3-pointer with 55 seconds left cut the Sixers' lead to three points, but Shawne Williams missed an open 3-pointer that could have tied it, and Carter-Williams hit two late free throws to secure Philadelphia's second straight road win over the Lakers.

"It's definitely a great way to close out the year," Young said. "We've been playing hard all season long. Our record doesn't say we're going out there and doing the job, but we're working to get better every time."

Nick Young scored 26 points on 6-for-21 shooting in the Lakers' fifth consecutive loss. Los Angeles also has lost five of six at Staples Center, winning just once at home since Nov. 24.

Gasol missed his second straight game with a respiratory infection for the Lakers, who already were without Bryant, Nash and Steve Blake. Chris Kaman suited up despite limited movement on his injured ankle, and Jordan Hill contributed 18 points and 13 rebounds while starting at center.

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